Like most counselors I provide traditional therapy in a comfortable, warm and private space.
However I also offer a form of eco-therapy presenting the opportunity to be in the wilderness walking and talking or perhaps sitting by a fire chatting with a cup of tea. I am an experienced and respected survival and tracking instructor, and utilise elements of those skill to provide ways of finding insight and explore what makes you unique, then find connections that will soothe, heal and promote your well-being.
What is Eco-Therapy…?
Eco-therapy is a relatively new term that encompasses a range of therapies that have close links to nature, the outdoors and our relationship to it. A key belief of the work at WildPath is that we all have a part of us that needs to find a connection to our natural environment.
It was only a few generations ago that our ancestors were used to being closer to the natural world. The resources that are freely available, the seasonal changes we adapted to and a self-reliance that came along with that connection. Pressures of modern day life, the distractions from modern technology and a fear of the unknown is eroding that connection.
There is an increasing amount of evidence from scientific research showing that the union with nature has proven, almost essential, benefits. Reducing stress levels, raising immunity to disease, lowering blood pressure and improving mood and well-being are all now known to be beneficial effects that we can gain from finding that connection again.
About the therapy....
There are over 400 different forms of counselling and therapy which approach mental health from every perspective; Analytical, Kinaesthetic, Spiritual… to name just a few.
I offer an integrated person centred approach, which makes it unique to each client, combining techniques from a range of theories and practices. Person centred is a principle which respects and develops an individual’s experiences, behaviours and thoughts. Helping identify core issues that may be having an unwanted impact on their life, and exploring new ways that will work for them.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
20 years professional experience in wilderness training and mentoring
Specialist consultant in working with challenging behaviour.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free 30 minute initial meeting
Fees operate on a sliding scale between £35 and £60
Sessions run for between 60 and 80 minutes (allowing time for location and client needs)